Red Wings Busy on Day 1 of NHL Free Agency

The Detroit Red Wings were busy on the first day of NHL free agency Wednesday, reshaping their roster with six free agent signings.

Detroit inked center Andrew Copp to a five-year, $5.625 million AAV deal. Copp, an Ann Arbor native, played collegiately at Michigan with Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin. Copp played for the Winnipeg Jets from 2014-2022 and was dealt at the trade deadline to the New York Rangers this past season. Copp, 28, has 82 goals and 120 assists in his career.

The Red Wings added strength on the blue-line by signing defenseman Ben Chiarot to a four-year, $4.75 million AAV contract. Chiarot reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Montreal Canadiens in 2020-21 when Montreal lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was dealt at the trade deadline this past season from Montreal to the Florida Panthers. Chiarot has 118 points in his nine-year career.

Detroit also signed left wing Dominik Kubalik to a two-year, $2.5 million AAV contract. Kubalik spent the first three seasons of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks and scored a career-high 30 goals as a rookie in 2019-20. Kubalik joins fellow former Blackhawk Pius Suter on the Red Wings roster.

The Red Wings continued their affinity for former St. Louis Blues players by signing forward David Perron to a two-year, $4.75 million average annual value (AAV) contract. Perron has played in 973 career NHL games and won a Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019.

Perron joins Robby Fabbri, Oskar Sundqvist, Jake Walman and Ville Husso as former Blues players on the Red Wings roster.

A busy day for Detroit continued into the evening as Detroit announced a pair of two-way signings in center Austin Czarnik and left wing Matt Luff shortly after 6 p.m.

Czarnik, a six-year veteran, spent last season with the Seattle Kraken and was signed to a two-year, two-way contract. Luff played the first three seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Kings before spending last season with the Nashville Predators. Detroit signed him to a one-year, two-way contract.

Several players from last year’s Red Wings team also signed elsewhere on Wednesday as forward Mitchell Stephens signed with the Montreal Canadiens, goalie Thomas Griess signed with the St. Louis Blues and defenseman Marc Stall signed with the Florida Panthers.

There are also multiple reports that the Red Wings have signed defenseman Olli Maatta to a one-year deal but the team has not officially announced that signing.